Make a herb vine­gar for clean­ing

Herbs & Superfoods - - Using Herbs In The Home -

The beauty of a home­made vine­gar spray is that it con­tains just two in­gre­di­ents: the clean­ing agent – in this case vine­gar – and fresh or dried herbs. White vine­gar not only has an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­ties, it can elim­i­nate min­eral de­posits from sinks and bath­room fix­tures.

To make a herb vine­gar, fill a jar with fresh or dried herbs, then fill to the top with white vine­gar. Se­cure the lid tightly (make sure it’s a non-me­tal lid), la­bel the jar, and place in a warm room out of di­rect sun­light for at least six weeks. Turn and gen­tly shake the jar once a day. Af­ter six weeks, strain, then store in a cool, dark place.

This mix­ture can be used straight on grubby sur­faces such as glass, show­ers, and toi­lets, but for any wood­work, paint fin­ishes and the like, be sure to di­lute with water up to 50 per cent.

You can use any herb or herbs you like. If you like the smell of laven­der, use that; if you like citrus scents, try lemon­grass, lemon thyme or lemon myr­tle. Or use a mix of say thyme leaves and laven­der flow­ers, and a few drops of rose gera­nium es­sen­tial oil for a pow­er­ful, nicely scented so­lu­tion. You can add es­sen­tial oils to any of your herb vine­gars.

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